Small Victory for Obama in Alaska

20 11 2008
US PRESIDENT
Total
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 438 100.0 %
Times Counted 325054/495731 65.6 %
Total Votes 323820

Baldwin and Castle AI 1652 0.51%
Barr and Root LIB 1575 0.49%
McCain and Palin REP 192631 59.49%
Nader and Gonzalez IND 3757 1.16%
Obama and Biden DEM 122485 37.83%
Write-in Votes 1720 0.53%

Obama did not win in Alaska. Polls had him on an average of about 11 points behind in the weeks before the election. Alas, the numbers reflected in the polls turned out to be worse for Obama in the general election. At one point it looked like McCain-Palin took a whopping 65% of the vote.

With all the excitement of the Senatorial race, all anyone could think about was Begich vs. Stevens. First Stevens up, and Begich down. Then separated by 3 votes. Then Begich up and Stevens down. Begich more up. Uh-oh, Stevens gaining. Begich up again. It was dizzying, and everyone’s laser-sharp focus was trained on those returns.

But there’s one small victory that hasn’t been talked about much. After the whopping 90,000 votes that were counted in Alaska after election day, there was a shift in the presidential race. After the final tally, McCain-Palin won by 59.49%. LESS than 60%. And we can even round down to 59%! I’ll take it.

2008 McCain/Palin 59% Obama/Biden 38%

2004 Bush 61 – Kerry 35
2000 Bush 59 – Gore 28

Obama won the hearts of more Alaska voters than any Democrat in recent memory. And McCain-Palin, despite their surface appeal, with the Alaska Governor on the ticket, frankly, didn’t do all that well comparatively. I’m looking forward to 2012. I think we’re headed in the right direction.


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20 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

first and still proud of it

20 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

and yea for alaskan blues!

20 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

Hope is still a small town in Alaska after all…

20 11 2008
Forty Watt

Baby steps can get you there.

20 11 2008
Irishgirl Rosebud.

Well that is heartening news AKM.
@Fawnskin – I’m with you!🙂

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

I think I saw a breakdown of votes in Juneau and all but three precincts went for Obama (and the one precinct was only 147-143 McCain) – Obama took Juneau-Douglas by a good margin.

20 11 2008
mde

Sorry to burst your bubble AKM, but at that rate AK might be blue by about 2056. :o)

20 11 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

Definitely impressive. And hopefully, food for MUCH thought for the Governor. (Food that’ll likely go to waste, true. Maybe Todd’ll explain it to her….)

20 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

hey all! It’s been a couple of days sinc I’ve actually been on a blog

20 11 2008
InJuneau

@Grammy in PA (09:23:01) :

Oh heck yeah, we’re a deep blue spot in this crazy red state!

20 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Obama won the hearts of a lot of people in more ways than one!

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

InJuneau, at least I can say that my home town has GUMPTION!! Yahoo!!

20 11 2008
GJ in ID

I’m with you, small steps, make big progress. Now to get to work here in ID

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Grammy in PA, you from here originally? Did I miss that in all these discussions?

20 11 2008
Goalie in NM

Painting Alaska BLUE…one house, one block, one town at a time….cool, soothing BLUE!

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

InJnu – Yes, I grew up in Ktn/Jnu, graduated from JD Hi waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in ’70; my daughter still lives there and works for H&SS. Hubby & I moved back to his hometown in PA in 1998.

20 11 2008
byflugur

I hope you folks are just resting up before getting really mad;
it’s pretty obvious that there was incredible tampering with votes in Alaska-the over 100% turnout in Anchorage precincts, the amazingly low turnout (in spite of record primaries and newly registered voters), and the fact that the problems with the diebold voting machines…
I hope that this is a little calm before the storm, and that you Alaskans get really cranky about the cheating that your beloved “corrupt bastards” have put in place.
I’d love to see a thorough house-cleaning, and if it’s going to happen anywhere, it seems like it will start in Alaska. You have shown the world that you all have a strong, committed, and intelligent base that is starting to coalesce.
You go girl. Don’t stop now.

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Grammy–oh yeah, I vaguely recall discussion about Ktn. Had missed the Jnu part. I’ve lived here since ’85 and graduated in ’88. My spouse is from PA!

20 11 2008
CRFlats

Besides the heavy hand the oil companies have in Alaska politics, there is one other overriding single vote category that trumps: Guns. It’s our Achilles Heel. Alaskans love their guns. To be elected to any high office you must:
First, be Pro-drill in ANWR, and Second, be a fervent supporter of gun ownership, and better, be a card carrying member of the NRA. Gun sales are WAY up right now in the state, because of fears “Obama will take away my automatic weapons”. Goes across all party lines.

20 11 2008
Hope

Does anybody know how the votes for Obama went in Homer? Theirs was the only paper I saw that had a picture of Homer people on the front page instead of Obama. It said “Obama takes the nation, but McCain takes Homer.” That was before the count, so I’m HOPING that changed somewhat? Anybody know? I know things looked very blue and good down there before the election.

HOPE?

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Hope–here is the ballot count for the House District in which Homer is located: http://soaelections.gci.net/data/sovc/hd35.pdf

20 11 2008
Goalie in NM

@CRFlats,

You are sooo right. AKM has lamented that he/she is way too blue to run for office there. So, if you are a Democrat and gonna run for office, you better put your gun rack in the pick-up so every body can eye it, right next to your drill baby drill bumper sticker.

Oh, and don’t forget to show up to church on Sunday to wag your finger at the pro-choice folks who, “just don’t know any better”….

Uh…huh, yeah…also, too.

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Way to go Alaskans. Now go kick some Plow Woman and Stalker Boy booty.

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

I”ve been wanting a way to refer to “that couple” without using their names or annoying-to-type acronyms. I’ve settled on Plow Woman and Stalker Boy.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

InJnu – my daughter graduated in ’89!!

Eek, Jnu/PA connections, small world!!

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

I really really want a hunting rifle, but no way would I EVER belong to the NO Reality Allowed group.

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Grammy–PM me over at the Forum and let me know who she is. I may know her.

20 11 2008
Hope

byflugur (09:36:30) :
I hope you folks are just resting up before getting really mad;

***

I’ve been wondering about that, too. I went up and helped out in Anchorage during the counting, though not in the counting room. I was told that the officials would not share the actual pages that we all sign as we come in to vote. Last time they finally did WAY afterwards, and they’d been tampered with. I get so upset at the thought of this I wonder if I can bear it! I see NOTHING I can do about it but stew! Seems this comes up every vote, but then once the dust settles, and our heads get smashed up running into brick walls, we see no other choice. ESPECIALLY those of us not “in the loop.”
And CRFlats, I think these factors you mention may be just the thing that tells enough of us that those figures may be just how it is up here. No conspiracy, just differing, very strongly differing, priorities. Especially when most of us see our three electoral votes as being not in play for making or breaking the race, people who might otherwise vote otherwise vote the ornery ticket. So “we” send a message: “Keep on drilling, and don’t even THINK about taking our guns. Otherwise, stay out of our business.”
Even with all of this, though, I am shocked that there weren’t MORE voters out voting this year than any year before! I just, frankly, don’t believe it. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t been so involved other years, but it sure seemed like it was all ANYBODY was talking about, and passionate about, and defensive about. I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen any great interest before. For all the above reasons.
SO! What is there to do about it?

HOPE?

20 11 2008
CRFlats

@Goalie

The Pro-Choice issue is a little more complicated here. It isn’t as widespread. Lot’s of Alaskans are pro-gun and pro-oil and other resource development, but all about individual freedoms. The Valley and a few other right wing Christian enclaves are rabid about the so-called “Pro Life” issue, but it doesn’t resonate that far. Good news seems to be that there is developing a healthy distrust for Big Oil and Big resource development. Maybe our Colonial Days are finally coming to an end.

20 11 2008
Hope

InJuneau (09:42:44)

THANKS, InJuneau. Bummer! But it was closer than here where I live.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

InJnu – I don’t know how to use the forum – what does PM mean??? And more importantly, how do I do it??!!

Just click on the link in the sidebar that says “Join the Conversation”. That’s the place to send personal messages to people. There’s a PM (personal message) system which works kind of like a Mudflats email account. There’s also a section that says “Mudflats Blog Chat” which is a message board that works just like this, designed for off-topic comments and personal conversation. The forum is full of friendly helpful people that will guide you! If you are having problems you can email me at (akmuckraker at yahoo dot com) and I’ll be happy to help! AKM

20 11 2008
CRFlats

Hope,
I must have missed something, because I thought the vote tallies were record breaking. Hmmm, I’ll go check this out. I know we had a bigger turn out locally, and I thought I read that Anchorage & total State tallies were up. I haven’t been paying attention. Do you have links or info?

20 11 2008
Hope

The other day there was a post about adding your name to a letter to “Keep Alaska Wild” from the Alaska Wilderness league. I sent the letter, adding this story to the beginning, which, for me, indicates some of the forces at work in Alaska. Sometimes I’m not sure it’s worth trying to figure out what’s really happening, because it’s always so much more complex than a simple “take” on it would have us want to believe. I do feel very much out of step wherever I go. This is how I began my letter about keeping Alaska wild:

I am an Alaskan. When my son was looking at colleges, intent on studying
wildlife biology, I asked whether the outlook of each college was toward
conservation or management. The answer I got was that the farther west you
go the more it is about management, and the farther east the more it is
about conservation. Naively, I was surprised. I was told, “When the
natural balance is gone, then everyone cries, ‘We should have saved it!’
because there’s no way to go back to balance, and industry already has its
way with the land. Where the natural balance is still intact, the pressure
is on the universities and the government agencies to manage the fish,
animals and birds to enhance and bow to industry until it is all under
human management. The natural balance, animals, air, water and environment
are gone. Then everyone’s fine with the cry, ‘We should have saved it!’
because it’s too late, and industry has had its way. You can’t go back, so
the cry is only one of regret, not of action.”

I am committed to the core American value of conservation, particularly in
areas where it is not too late. Alaska is still one of those places where
we can learn from the natural balance and keep it.

In the coming years, I urge you to Keep Alaska Wild…

HOPE!

20 11 2008
Hope

CRFlats (10:04:07) :

I got my information from AKM and Shannyn Moore along with news coverage around here. I think once they counted ALL the early and absentee votes, it came out about the same as 2004 – but not significantly higher. I find that very surprising if not suspicious. It sure seemed down here on the Peninsula like EVERYONE was going, no matter what.

Hope

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Grammy–are you registered at the Forum? If so, find a post that I’ve made (check this link to the Recipe thread: http://www.themudflats.net/forum/index.php/topic,3693.140.html ) and look for the little blue box icon at the bottom that has an “IM” in it and click that. It will take you to a page where you can send me a PM or personal message. Or you can find me in the Members list and click on my name to get to my profile. Then look toward the bottom where there is a link under the Additional Information section that says “Send this member a personal message”.

20 11 2008
pamela

Why not round off Obama’s number to 38% ?

20 11 2008
Greytdog

Small steps. . . small steps. . . ripple. . . ripple. . . ripple. . .

20 11 2008
InJuneau

CRFlats and Hope–the latest report from Div. of Elections shows that we had a 65.57% voter turnout of registered voters (http://www.elections.alaska.gov/08general/data/results.pdf ). It was prob. actually higher than that, given that I’m not sure how “clean” our voter rolls are (people who have moved and not gotten off the list, people who have died, etc.). I recall hearing this week that it was the second highest turnout we’ve ever had (only surpassed by 1964 I think or maybe it was 1960). I think the issue was that lots of people early and absentee voted and so those votes weren’t included in the percentage till this week when the voting finished.

20 11 2008
Nisperos

Congratulations on Alaska on making progress!!! Yes, evolution is still happening!

I dunno, if I lived in Alaska, I think we’d probably have to either both register Independents or one register Democrat and one Republican. Just like life isn’t all football, despite getting obsessed at times, it’s not all politics either, even when it feels that way.

Similarly, working in advocacy often accomplishes more than coming at things in an adversarial manner; it’s the empathy thing Obama talked about in The Audacity of Hope. Just like during the Holiday season, some of us put other people’s symbols in our windows as well as our own, maybe we should all wear purple on inauguration day.

Nevertheless, having said all the above, I still feel grave misgivings about the vote count. Perhaps one small step we might take is to walk across the street and find someone of the opposite party who’s not too obnoxious and together go down and join the League of Woman Voters or something similar. My biggest concern is that there be no voter supression, that we get out the vote, and that we make sure everyone who wants to does. Better yet, absentee ballots. Better yet, rather than people who need a ride calling for a ride, perhaps they can call for voter delivery to the proper place for submission (your county court house or wherever), so that they is no doubt of delivery.

20 11 2008
John

If you can round down McCain Palin, can’t you thus also round UP Obama/Biden?!?

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

InJuneau – OK I went to the forum and figured out how to send a msg – but after I hit send, it didn’t confirm that it went so I hope it did!! I used the link that you gave me about (it was a pie crust recipe!!) – hope it worked!

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Can you still register non-partisan in AK?? That’s how I was registered – was surprised that in PA you have to register for a party or you can’t vote in the primary.

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Grammy–it worked, let me know if my reply worked (look at the top near your name and info block on any page and it will show if you have any messages).

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Yes, you can still register as non-partisan or undeclared in AK, as well as for any of the recognized parties.

20 11 2008
Erin

Yep, this is exactly what I posted in a comment at HuffPo this morning. I mean, almost 40% for Obama in a Republican-leaning state with one of their own on the ticket? Sarah’s got to see those numbers and realize that she has a problem.

20 11 2008
Mel

Yes, you can register nonpartisan in Alaska. That’s how I’m registered. Right after the election I considered registering Democrat, since that’s how I usually vote… but on second thought… no, I value being a nonpartisan, though I don’t think I’ve voted for a Republican since Arliss Sturgelewski ran for governor.

20 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Now that’s a BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL!!!🙂

20 11 2008
Mel

What means most to me for Alaska in this election is that with Begich’s election, now, for the first time since I came to Alaska in 1982, I have someone who actually represents my interests as an Alaskan at the national level. The Murkowskis & Stevens certainly never did.

(Though I do thank the constituent services people at Lisa Murkowski’s Anchorage office for helping me that problem with the idjits at the Detroit ICE office.)

20 11 2008
nswfm CA

Vote tampering? After all the money spent on supposedly modernizing our voting after 2000? Jeez, that pisses me off. And Diebold, as though changing your name would make us forget. We still know Altria sells cigarettes. We’re not that stupid.

I sure hope Alaska goes after Caribou Barbie for all the other -gates. The spotlight is on!

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Mel

What great memories that one comment about Arliss brought back!! I worked on her campaign, very classy lady and I loved her – she would’ve been such a good governor. That stupid Wally messed it up for her – I was so mad!! But I was like you, proud to be nonpartisan b’cuz I felt that I would vote for who would do the best job, not just which party they belonged to.

20 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Don’t you think with the price of oil dropping, and your reserve fund that was around $40 billion dollars that has dropped way down under $30 billion, and the budget cuts that Sarah will have to make SHE WON’T BE VERY WELL LIKED? Maybe than Alaska will turn Blue, after Sarah made fun of Obama’s earmarks, how many do you think will be made available for Alaska?

20 11 2008
halcrow

@ nswfm CA (10:49:08) :

And Diebold, as though changing your name would make us forget. We still know Altria sells cigarettes.

And if Altria was as inaccurate in dispensing cigarettes as Diebold seemingly is in recording votes. the smokers would be rioting in the streets.

http://broadcatching.wordpress.com/2007/08/31/diebold-scrubs-name-wikipedia-entry/

20 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

and a more approptiate result for the TIMES PERSON OF THE YEAR POLL:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1857576_1858035,00.html

20 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA

Yippee Alaska – I had noticed those numbers changing during the recount and was wondering if it was considered “news”. Glad to see that there is a happy blue trend in pres elections in AK. Perhaps if you can get those “counting bugs” worked out before 2010 you’ll see a real amazing shift in the mid-term election, and be totally wowed by 2012. Two more small steps to work on. Who knows?

Small steps is my motto – watching my daughter with DS take little steps every day. I think in smaller, acheivable goals and look long-term for the changes to materialize. Those small steps they do build into big ones, eventually. You have to be patient, and persistent. Two characteristics I know Alaskan Progressives have🙂 Some days it can be frustrating, and I know you Alaskan Progressives have had your share of frustration. But bask in the glory of these numbers. They are a small step toward a bluer state. Hooray!!

20 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

and a more approptiate result for the TIMES PERSON OF THE YEAR POLL:

(http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1857576_1858035,00.html)

20 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA

Grammy in PA – I just have to share that my mom is called Grammy by my kids, and of course, she lives in PA. So each time I read your posts, it makes me think of her and smile.

20 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Yeah, I’m lurking around ….
meet you in the forum.

20 11 2008
CRFlats

OT, but I was just over at Shannyn Moore’s blog and she has a hilarious shout out to Keith Oberman. It also has a good progressive take on some Alaska history. Click on link in “Alaska Blogs” upper right.

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

I would say that having a Democrat do better in Alaska than ever in recent memory with a sitting reportedly-popular Alaskan Republican Governor on the ticket and with Alaska being the only state of the 50 never to have received a visit from Obama is strong testament to the hard, committed work of many inspired Alaskans this year. So kudos to all!

The fresh winds of change are blowing in Washington DC–already–even before January 20th.

“On a 137-122 vote, Waxman dethroned Dingell from a post he has held as either chairman or ranking Democrat since 1981. He is the most prominent supporter of his home state’s auto industry and has feuded with junior committee members, including Waxman, over efforts to impose fuel efficiency standards on cars…

…The powerful committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, energy issues and telecommunications policy, will play a significant role in Obama’s agenda in the 111th Congress, a point that Waxman’s campaign drove home in the last two weeks. He argued that Dingell would be an impediment to all kind of legislation the new White House wants to push…”

Full Story Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/20/AR2008112001778.html?hpid=topnews

20 11 2008
Let'sGetReal

It seems it will be very, very, very small baby steps before Alaska goes blue, even purple, or pink.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Small Steps

That’s sweet – I have two grandchildren who live out in Olympia, WA and I got to choose my grandma name b’cuz they have FOUR sets of grandparents, I liked grammy, sounds cuddly!!

20 11 2008
katbur

Just wanted to congratulate you guys on defeating Stevens. Remember things generally change one step at a time, sometimes those steps seem excruciatingly slow though.🙂

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

Oh joy–reported within the last hour. Top consideration for Homeland Security Chief–Janet Napolitano. That would be one giant step for the nation.

Empathy to all in Arizona–thanks for sharing–if it becomes official.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama is likely to choose Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of homeland security, top Obama advisers and several Democrats said Thursday as the shape of Obama’s Cabinet begins to emerge.

The Obama advisers cautioned that no final decision has been made on putting Napolitano in charge of the Homeland Security department, the massive agency created by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But the advisers said she was by far the top contender…”

Full story (AP):

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h2qtj24vzZZS2Jid8I03W0bz7zXwD94IRPP05

20 11 2008
Elrond Hubbard

I’m curious to know how many Black people live in Alaska. I don’t think this increase in support for a Democrat president can be attributed to a turnout of Black voters unique to this election — could it?

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

In Juneau, can you post the percentages for Homer HD and for HD 5 (that would be Cecily) for the Presidential race here. Can’t seem to ferret them out?? Thanks.

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

@Elrond Hubbard

I really believe the increase in Alaska is due to many inspired volunteers who worked really hard in a really difficult election environment in Alaska this year–and this included people from a diversity of races, cultures, communities.

20 11 2008
Lacy Lady

I am NANA to my grandchildren.

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

Alaskans who have registered N (non-partisan) or U (undeclared) or any other party except Republican can pick up a mixed party ballot at the polls (that doesn’t include Republican) and vote on that ballot in the primary for all parties listed there which includes D’s and others like Libertarian, etc. Republicans (and only Republicans) can pick up and vote Republican ballot in the primary.

These are recent changes. We used to have all parties on one ballot. It’s hard for Alaskans to declare a party preference or ballot preference at the polls because they want to be “independent–dammit”.

Presidential primary is by caucus only and used be in May. This year Alaska caucuses were moved up to February and both D’s and R’s had some active participation through somewhat different processes for each party. The overall D party primary caucus participation in Alaska this year was up over 1700% due to interest in the Obama/Clinton contest.

In Cecily, over 50% of our caucus participants were either newly registered D’s and/or newly registred voters. A voter had to declare a party (re-register as D) to participate in the primary caucus this year. They could switch back to Green or Non-partisan or whatever later if they wanted to.

20 11 2008
InJuneau

Howling Wolf Pup (11:50:04) :

Looks like the Homer District was McCain 4927 votes, 52.15%; Obama 4207 votes, 44.53% (9447 ballots cast).

HD5 was McCain 3395 votes, 47.83%; Obama 3355 votes, 47.27% (7098 ballots cast).

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

Hope and all. I posted the “Keep Alaska Wild” link for signing onto that petition in the Forum–under Action Alerts. Thanks for sharing.

20 11 2008
Pacificnwgal

Looks like the numbers are roughly the same. There may have been a small shift toward the Democrats. People tend to be very stubborn, especially Republicans… not listening to reason. Perhaps if Begich does a good job, and the Dems in Washington do a good job, and Palin continues to be held accountable for her unethical behavior, things may change. I hope that the Dems in the Alaskan legislature continue to push forward on her ethics violations. They cannot back down now. The Republicans would crucify a Democrat for years over any trival thing, so now is not the time to forgive and forget. There is not reason to believe that Palin is going to change if we go by what is coming out of her mouth. So, as Palin says…. we need to RAMP IT UP! Ramp up the investigations against her and Don Young.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Howling Wolf Pup – thanks for the clarification on the primary ballots – they did used to have everyone on the same one, but I think the R’s didn’t like it that way or something. Here in PA you cannot vote in the primary unless you are registered D or R – so I had to choose and give up my non partisan status. We can still vote for candidates in either party in the general, though.

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

Thanks, In Juneau. Hats off to Homer. Nice to see those numbers from HD 5 also. So close and yet so far…

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

Ooops, misread the Homer results. Hats off to us in HD5!! Pretty good there also in Homer.

20 11 2008
Camelot Not

So Dingle Lost? Flower told me! Is that a good thing? Having Dems fighting amongst themselves?

20 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

Hi Camelot Not–welcome back.

Yeah, sometimes it’s how we learn and make progress.

20 11 2008
SMR

@Elrond H —

THere is not a huge African-American population here in Alaska. There are a lot of non-white, but they consist of many nationalities. Huge Samoan poplulation, also Natives and Asians. I actually wouldn’t count on any of the other nationalities as being in the bag for Obama, apparently there was quite a bit of support for the M/P ticket & Uncle Ted & Don Young because Ted (and so it could be supposed, the Repubs) has done a lot for the Natives over the course of 40 years. Don Young is married to a Native, so there’s some street cred for him there. Even though Gov Palin has been a dismal failure & downright crap to the Natives in regard to their issues, they can’t see the forest for the trees, I guess. Samoans are a pretty religious group, not at all sure about what the belief system of the 7th Day Adventists is (which is, I think, the most popular church for them), so don’t know if they are fundies who would be voting Repub???

There was a study a couple years ago that said that white children will soon be the minority here in the Anchorage School District.

It’s a very interesting issue here in Alaska, I think much more so than most states & cities.

20 11 2008
Allan

I see “write-in” got more votes than Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate endorsed by the AIP. This awesome electoral power must explain why Sarah Palin spends so much time and energy courting the neo-fascist Rapture Ready party.

It couldn’t be because she shares their racist fantasies of secession.

Nah…

20 11 2008
Joe C

As an outside observer, may I offer a suggestion on why there will probably be a greater turn of the tide for the Republican Party ahead?

I think part of their popularity came from their perceived ability to keep the troth full. But now, with the earmarker in chief, Senator Stevens gone, that spiget is shut off.

I also think that part of Gov. Palin’s high popularity rating came because she was fortunate enough to have been elected just at the time when oil prices started to go through the roof. Now, that’s changed. It’s probably much easier to be governor when you have much more money to hand out than any of your predecessors. However, the governor is going to have to prove if she has the real mettle of a chief executive with the difficult fiscal decisions she will have to make from now on. Maybe she could ask to hire a deputy administrator to do the hard figuring and ciphering and policy making stuff.

For these reasons, I think, the Rep. Party will find itself in much greater competition for the hearts and minds of Alaskans with the Dems in the future.

20 11 2008
seachele99

pamela (10:12:18) :

Why not round off Obama’s number to 38% ?

I agree with pamela. After all, it is much closer to 38 then it is to 37… Its the little things doncha know (too also ;} )

20 11 2008
InJuneau

NEW THREAD, in case anyone is still lurking here. Come on over and find out about mammoths.

20 11 2008
Marnie

This is mostly on topic. It seems like, from what I have seen in the after Nov. 4 counts, absentee and mail in votes, that the majority of votes were for Democrats.

You don’t suppose that is because Democratic voters, with good reason, assumed that the electronic voting and counting machines would be rigged – again – again -, and so wanted to make sure there was a paper copy of their votes, do you?

And/or that some Democratic voters were afraid that they might have been purged, and that an early vote would give them time to fix their problems.

I voted early for that reason, to insure that as a newly registered voter in this state that if there were a problem with my registration, there would be time to fix it.

Also, if the Republicans decide that, a desire to insure a paper ballot, is the reason so many voted early, watch for them to start limiting early voting or eliminating it all together.

I logged into the forum last night and nosed around a bit. So many choices, so little time.
Gotta go to work. Later

20 11 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

Testing here… the forum won’t take my password! 😦

20 11 2008
katanalori

awwwwk! SWWNBN is on MSNBC BLATHERING and pardoning a turkey, all the while the other turkeys are being slaughtered – a bloody mess and she is OBLIVIOUS to it all.

20 11 2008
MizKay

In reading this blog, I decided to look up the difference between the McCain and the Obama votes in SC (the RED Carolina, that I am stuck in). WOW!!! Look at the difference!

2008 McCain 53.8 Obama 44.9 McCain +8.9 over Obama

2004 Bush +17.1 over Kerry

2000 Bush +15.9 over Gore

20 11 2008
MizKay

In reading this blog, I decided to look up the difference between the McCain and the Obama votes in SC (the RED Carolina, that I am stuck in). WOW!!! Look at the difference!

2008 – McCain 53.8; Obama 44.9; McCain +8.9 over Obama

2004 – Bush +17.1 over Kerry

2000 – Bush +15.9 over Gore

20 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

Although the results are better than the past 2 cycles, getting less than 40% is still not much to crow about.

Which is a result I’m hoping for Palin come 2010.

20 11 2008
vena45

I still wish Alaskans should have done better in support of Obama than their own govenor. But as I have said before, it’s a shame how pple love to adore airheads!

22 11 2008
GiGi

I always told Hubba I wanted to get a condo in Alaska and spend our summers there…but I don’t know if I could handle living among so many political conservatives.
Guess I’ll have to stick to Minnesota or maybe Canada..

22 11 2008
sam

u can just ignore politics, buy your condo in alaska near the beautiful lake clark🙂 grab your fishing rod, colemans fishing chair, & start fishing. mmm. what a life

22 11 2008
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